Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Rep. John Conyers won't seek re-election in wake of sexual harassment claims

Rep. John Conyers won't seek re-election in wake of sexual harassment claims

"Why is it that John Conyers is the only individual to be denied due process?"

A former staff member came forward yesterday with new allegations, saying Conyers put his hand up her skirt in church. "If we're going to raise this unholy and unlawful guillotine, calling for the head of John Conyers, then (an effort to remove) the president of the United States" must begin, he said.

On Monday, a crowd of 200 in Detroit showed support for the congressman, who was hospitalized last week for stress related health issues.

Conyers was first elected to the House in 1964.

Days later, the congressman stepped down as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee during a congressional ethics probe of the sexual harassment allegations.

Conyers, the longest serving member of the House of Representatives, will announce on Tuesday he does not plan to run for re-election, USA media said following accusations of sexual harassment against the Michigan Democrat. The New York Timesis reporting Rep. Conyers will also announce his great-nephew and current MI senator Ian Conyers will run for his seat at the end of his term.

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) holds a news conference on H.R.1962, the "Free Flow of Information Act of 2013", May 22, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Rep. Conyers is expected to make the announcement in an interview with a local radio show. When sexual-misconduct allegations surface in the private sector, a boss really can say "You're fired" - as Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and others can attest. Conyers, facing sexual misconduct allegations, has refused to step down even after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged the veteran Democrat from Detroit to do so. He's been re-elected 25 times since and is the longest-serving current member of Congress, and the fourth-longest serving member of the House in history.

Over the last two weeks, Conyers has been accused of sexual harassment or other improper behavior by at least six former female members of his staff and of making a payment of more than $27,000 in taxpayer-backed office funds to settle one of those claims.

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